HTC Expects Verizon One (M8) Lollipop Update Approval First Week of March

While HTC is doing good things, updating phones to Lollipop on various carriers, the One (M8) on Verizon won’t be receiving any love until March, according to the company’s VP of Product Management.

On Twitter, Mo Versi states that the update to Lollipop on the Verizon variant of the One (M8) is “in the lab,” possibly meaning that even after they are done building it, Verizon still needs to go through its certification process. This process, as we all know, takes a bit of time for Verizon.  (more…)

HTC Deals: $150 Off One (M8), $50 Off RE, and 50% Off Accessories

Who knew that the Valentine’s Day weekend was such a big one for deals on tech? Not only has Motorola extended their newest $100 off promo, but HTC is getting in on the fun as well. For this weekend only, you can buy an HTC One (M8) directly from HTC for $499, which is $150 off. If you don’t want their year-old phone that is about to be replaced, you can also pickup their RE Camera for $50, which brings the price down to $149. And if submarine parts aren’t your thing either, then maybe their 50%-off accessory deal will grab your attention.

To see all of the discounted products from HTC, hit up the link below.  (more…)

Lollipop Update for HTC One (M8) on T-Mobile Rolling Out Now

Owners of the HTC One (M8) through T-Mobile, your Android 5.0.1 “Lollipop” is now available. Originally scheduled for release yesterday, the update was pushed one day to today, which you likely didn’t even realize. On that note – even though HTC technically missed their 90-day HTC Advantage update window, they certainly didn’t miss it by much with some of these carrier variants.   (more…)

Sprint HTC One (M8) Gets Lollipop Update Today

According to Sprint, their variant of the HTC One (M8) is receiving its Android 5.0 “Lollipop” today. Yep, today, not in a week or whatever a handful of leaks suggested, yesterday. The update drops in as build 4.20.651.10, but also removes the Lumen Toolbar. And that’s it!

We mentioned in our tour of Lollipop on the unlocked One (M8) that this update won’t necessarily look unfamiliar to one (M8) owners, because it’s still Sense 6 and it acts and looks like Sense 6. You will find notifications on your the lock screen, though, along with better notification controls, a new quick toggles and notification pulldown, screen pinning, and the new app switcher.

That gives both Sprint One (M7 and M8) models Lollipop before almost any other carrier has had a chance to push it. Nice job, Sprint.  (more…)

HTC Won’t Hit 90-Day Lollipop Promise on All One Variants

HTC announced this afternoon that their goal of updating all HTC One (M8) and (M7) models under their HTC Advantage program to Android 5.0 “Lollipop” within a self-imposed 90-day period will not happen. Thanks to an insanely buggy first version of Lollipop from Google, the process has taken much longer than they had hoped. Even though they have already pushed the update to the One (M8) unlocked and developer models, along with the Google Play Edition, they won’t be able to get it out to the rest of the line-up in time.  (more…)

Goodbye, GPE: HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition No Longer For Sale

The HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition, the last remaining Google Play Edition device, is no longer for sale. In fact, the device isn’t even listed under the “Phones & Tablets” tab on Google Play; you need a direct link in order to see it. Not that this change is much of a surprise, since the new HTC flagship is around the corner, but it’s sort of sad to see, because this could be the end of the Google Play Edition line of devices.  (more…)

5 Ways HTC Can Make the One (M9) “Hima” the Phone of the Year

The new flagship device for 2015 from HTC is weeks away from its unveiling. At this point, we aren’t sure if it will be called the One (M9) or “Hima” or something else, but we are pretty sure that we caught a glimpse of the updated model today. Early reports (and those images) suggest that this phone will look incredibly similar to last year’s One (M8), only with updated specs inside to make it a modern day powerhouse. You could argue to either side that sticking with the same design is either bad or good for HTC, but I would say that we tend to be somewhere in the middle, leaning towards “good” – it could potentially be a really good move. What I mean is that we loved the look and premium feel of last year’s phone, so sticking with it makes sense. It’s just that there were some glaring issues with the phone that kept it off of our chart for Android phone of the year.

Since we are so close to a reveal and we have seen what may be our first looks at the device, we thought it was time to talk about how HTC can improve upon last year’s model to make a phone that few Android OEMs will know how to compete with. HTC was so close last year (and the year before), they just needed to ditch the camera gimmickry and focus on some of the smaller details.

Here are 5 ways this new HTC flagship can be the phone of the year.  (more…)

HTC One (M8) vs. HTC One (M9) “Hima”

The brand new HTC One (M9) or “Hima” has allegedly leaked. The first pictures of HTC’s next flagship resemble a phone that we are very familiar with – last year’s One (M8). I can’t say I blame HTC for going so similar, since the One (M8) is arguably one of the prettiest, most premium smartphones ever made in terms of build materials and design. It’s a stunner. I believe we called it “smartphone luxury” in our review from last year. Unfortunately, the prettiest, most premium smartphone ever made didn’t exactly help HTC turn around quarter upon quarter of losses; only a return to the mid-range and some other cost cutting measures seemed to do that.  (more…)